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Luna Guitars adds to their Henna Dragon Series this beautifully decorated cajon. U.K. henna artist Alex Morgan’s laser-etched Henna Dragon seems to fly around all four sides of the cajon’s birch body. The Dragon Cajon measures 19-inches tall, and 12-inches wide and deep. I like the positioning of the knurled metal knob that allows easily toggling on/off the built-in snare sound to become as part of your performance. You now can create rhythm patterns incorporating the snare sound as an occasional accent. For both optimal sound projection and microphone positioning, the sound hole is positioned on the back of the […]

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Contact: [email protected] Web: mkvirgo.cloud Seeking: Label, Booking, Publishing Style: Hip-Hop Oakland, CA rapper MK Virgo has a seemingly endless catalog of anime-inspired music videos on YouTube. “Cold Heart,” a monotone focus-track with trippy trap instrumentals, was filmed in a real-life hotel with women in next-to-nothing and stacks of cash. It is no different in quality or sound from the other freestyles MK Virgo has recorded. In “Make Me Proud,” he opens with, “I wrote this shit on paper. I don’t ever do it.” That does not seem to be something to brag about, though the content, a love song, is […]

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Contact: [email protected] Web: twitter.com/LittleHurt Seeking: Film/TV Style: Alternative, Alt-Pop Led by Colin Dieden (the Mowgli’s), Little Hurt’s super-charged, darkly infectious songs brim with a crackling electrical energy, especially when Dieden’s close-miked rants team up with the band’s gang-chant backup vocals for a singalong attack that thoroughly drives home each tune’s chorus. The biographical “Messed Up” is instantly memorable, while the optimistic, party-spirited “Alaska” details the doomed protagonist’s next bad life decision. “My Head Hurts,” with its powerhouse chorus, could be a festival favorite. It’s exciting to hear a band’s material so aptly presented, with a clean, yet daring production touch […]

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Contact: [email protected] Web: arhkota.com Seeking: Booking, Film/TV Style: Atmospheric Dreamy Alternative Here’s a unique and alluring project, Dreamy Hamilton, from producer-percussionist Argel Cota, compositions that convince us that people would pay to see it performed and staged. “In My Head” has echoes of Steve Reich/Hans Zimmer in its clockwork beating of metal pans that is juxtaposed against layers of harmonics from vocalist Lubna Maher and a chorale. “Northeast” adds to the allure with its bravura drum beats and Maher’s appealing layers. Most challenging is “Dreamy Hamilton” whose pipe organ, reverbed vocals and electronic seasonings combine for a gothic shroud that […]

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Contact: [email protected] Web: paulbezooyen.bandcamp.com Seeking: Film/TV Style: Acoustic, Instrumental, International Canadian composer-guitarist Paul Bezooyen has an extremely commercial sensibility that could be enticing to music libraries that service the film/tv industries. Whether it’s his “Open Road” with its warm, genial, instantly appealing hook, or “Another World” whose Spanish flamenco flair is simultaneously familiar and fresh, or “Fading Light” with its relaxing, peaceful, transportive soul, Beyoozen’s recordings (each one cleanly recorded and featuring the composer’s nimble, precise fretwork) glow with a quiet efficiency that makes them seem to be made-to-order for placements in video games, podcasts, and background-music situations.

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Contact: [email protected] Web: spotify.com Seeking: Label, Booking Style: R&B Sylver specializes in a hot-blooded brand of R&B, where every emotion and interlude matters. Benefiting from good sound production, the lead singer delivers a solid, nasally vocal brushed with a bit of a European accent. “Witness” is a soulful and heartfelt pledge of love (“I give you the key to my heart”). “LOML” expresses the wrenching regret of a career-driven man who now wants desperately to correct his prior mistake. (“If only I’d stayed with you!”) On the dark, edgy “Nightmare,” a melodramatic synth underscores the singer’s suicidal depression. (“Voices in […]

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Contact: [email protected] Web: soundcloud.com/dwoodz2g Seeking: Label Style: Rap Denver emcee Dwoodz 2G is living the rock star dream. He certainly has the ability to moan and sadboi about girls and the trials of living, all over hard trap beats and big bass sounds, mixed with sampled acoustic guitar. “Do they love me yet?,” Dwoodz asks in thick autotune and angelic vocal layers. It is ambiguous as to whose love or sex or attention he needs––Fans? Lovers? “Don’t Want Your Company” and “How U Livin” utilize the same approach, marrying Blink-182 with Trippie Redd and Lil Peep. Dwoodz’s songs are all […]

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Contact: [email protected] Web: rachelmcgoye.com Seeking: Film/TV, Publishing Style: Indie/Pop/Folk We’re impressed by the heart & soul of Rachel McGoye, whose husky range on “Carry The Weight” sells her song’s message of coming to the aid of an overwhelmed friend. We appreciate how this laidback, folk-country tune infuses subtle electronic tones and textures into a twangy mix that includes bells, xylophone, slide guitar and whispers. McGoye’s subtle sexiness fused with sincerity really shines on “Dear Future,” which has excellent production and arrangement throughout. Easily her best outing, the song’s warm and hopeful message rides a perfectly bluesy/jazzy piano riff. “Come On,” […]

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Contact: [email protected] Web: lunarin.com Seeking: Publicity, Promotion Style: Alt-Rock Based in Singapore, this synth-rock trio’s dark, propulsive sound is spearheaded by singer-bassist Linda Ong, whose solid, whisper-infused (and sort of creepy) delivery is perfect for the band’s moody, downcast vision. We only wish the sound mix on “Hold My Soul” did not bury her with snarling guitar riffs and insistent keyboards. The danceable track “Invisible” is a call-to-action song where, once again, the lead vocal is no match for her band, especially the powerful drums. The most successful outing is “Burn,” which softens Lunarin’s sound via synths that emulate a […]

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Contact: [email protected] Web: soundcloud.com Seeking: Film/TV, Booking, Label, Manager Style: R&B/Soul, Trap Las Vegas artist Z-Will brings a light touch to his R&B/soul recordings, featuring a fair amount of sexy word-play and a liberal touch on the autotune button. On “Work,” the artist paints a sexy scenario in which he’s “focused on that ass” and uses a whole menu of vocal compression techniques to drive home his point. He shifts to a soft and dreamy vibe for “ILU,” a straightfoward R&B/pop love song whose extraterrestrial lyrics tend to get a bit corny. Best of the bunch is “Your Love”––though it’s […]

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